July 31, 2013
By Thomas A. Horne
Temecula, Calif.-based Quicksilver Aeronautics offered at EAA AirVenture a status update on two new Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA) designs announced in April. One is the Sport 2S open-cockpit airplane, a design based on one of Quicksilver’s two-seat ultralight-derived models. The other is the partially-enclosed-cockpit GT500.
The Sport 2S is nearing certification as an LSA, and FAA auditors are expected to review the design in September 2013. Currently, the Sport 2S price is set at $39,995.
GT500 certification is expected by the end of 2013. Because the GT500 is already certified under Primary Category rules, testing to LSA standards should be considerably less complex.
In other developments, Quicksilver said it was in the process of designing an electric motorglider, called the EMG for short, which would come under the FAR Part 103 ultralight regulations.
“We want to put Part 103 back in business,” said EMG designer Brian Carpenter.”
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
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Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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